KYLE FROMAN = VISIONARY

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Just looking at a couple of the photos New York City Ballet dancer turned photographer Kyle Froman has shot for Morphoses to publicize that company’s upcoming City Center season (tix go on sale for that today, by the way) and am realizing what an excellent photographer he is. I mean, he doesn’t just take pictures of dancers in action (which is an art in itself) but he has a real vision for dance with the way he poses his subjects against a setting and the overall images he creates and the feelings they evoke. He’s like Balanchine as a photographer. I don’t see a lot of dance photography like this.

Here are a few others that he took for the NYCB Dancers’ Choice event last year. The first I copied from Deep Glamour, the other two from Oberon’s Grove.

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I enjoyed watching him dance with NYCB — particularly his hilarious turn as the pompous Russian danseur in Balanchine’s Slaughter on Tenth — but sometimes I think a dancer finds his or her true calling when he “retires.”

Here is his website. He also has a book out, In the Wings, consisting of photos he took behind the scenes at NYCB when he was still dancing there.

10 Comments

  1. I've got “In the Wings”, it's awesome.

  2. I also have the book. I love his photographs. They're evocative, beautiful and sometimes a little whimsical. I dearly want a poster of the above ballerinas laying on the chairs photo. I want to frame it and put it on my wall and just stare at it as much as I want to.

  3. What cool pictures! I especially like that one with the dancer waiting for the subway. Brilliant!

  4. It's interesting how his photos seem very choreographed in the very best way, and he's very very talented with a unique point of view in dance photography. I love that ballerina sitting in the balcony while the others are laying over the chairs. It's like a witty P.S.

  5. She managed to escape out of the box! 😉 … renegade ballerina.

  6. …a “des(s)erter” from the cordials candy box.

  7. It's interesting how his photos seem very choreographed in the very best way, and he's very very talented with a unique point of view in dance photography. I love that ballerina sitting in the balcony while the others are laying over the chairs. It's like a witty P.S.

  8. She managed to escape out of the box! 😉 … renegade ballerina.

  9. …a “des(s)erter” from the cordials candy box.

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